Guest Author - Nancy Brotherton
In the spring of 2008, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, located in Pickerington, Ohio, is unveiling its new exhibit, “MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles”. This exhibit will be 8,000 square feet and consist of the most recognizable motorcycle enthusiasts’ two wheel machines, motorcycling tales, and other memorabilia. Attending the dedication ceremony on June 28, 2008, will be many MotoStars, Motorcycle Hall of Famers, and enthusiasts. This exhibit will also explore the passion that has brought these famous persons into the sport of motorcycling by providing rare images and footages.
The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum recognizes people who have made significant contributions to motorcycling, whether it is by building a new motorcycle factory, inventing a new motorcycle technology, designing a new motorcycle, or making or breaking a motorcycle riding or racing record. The “MotoStars” exhibit will help bridge the gap between stardom and ordinary people. Mark Mederski, Executive Director of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, states that, “Motorcycling, whether an occasional hobby or lifelong obsession, has always connected individuals from very different walks of life”. We all know that is true, as we recount our own motorcycling adventures where we have met new people and made new friends.
Some of the motorcycles and memorabilia featured are from Dan Gurney, Alligator motorcycle inventor and manufacturer, Bob Lutz, General Motors Vice Chairman, Neil Pearl, famous “Rush” drummer. Other motorcycles featured are from famous movies such as the 2004 MV Agusta F4-SPR ridden by Will Smith in “I, Robot”. Other motorcycles featured will be custom designed Austin Weiss motorcycles from “will.i.am, of the Black Eyed Peas. Additional contributors will be announced prior to the months of the unveiling on the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum’s website.
While you are visiting, make sure to enter the raffle the museum is sponsoring to win a 1953 Vincent Black Shadow Touring model worth $65,000. This motorcycle was completely restored using all original parts and is a collector’s dream. You can also enter online or by mail for a small fee. Complete instructions are contained in the link to the museum below. The drawing for the winner will be held in July, 2008.
Hope to see you at the unveiling of the “MotoStars” exhibit in July. I will keep you posted on other great events the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is sponsoring in the months ahead.
Until next week, ride safe.